Meet the Board Member – Laura Weiss-Cook – President-Elect

Within this industry have you had any mentors, who were they if you’d like to say, and what did they tell you as you were beginning your career path in Financial Aid?

I have learned so much from so many people – I wouldn’t be able to name them all. Many of them stressed the fact that you cannot possibly know everything about everything and to use the resources and training available.

What positions have you held with KASFAA and what has been your favorite so far?

Previously, the only position I have held within KASFAA was co-chair of the Membership Committee. I loved serving with that team and was really excited by my teammates’ work with mentorship. I am continually impressed with our profession’s commitment to grow and strengthen our members.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work and KASFAA?

Most of my time outside of work and KASFAA is spent literally chasing my 16-year-old daughter, Audrey, through fields to cheer her on at cross country meets. Thank goodness parents can cut across the fields/parks or I would NEVER keep up. We also own a fair trade boutique that promotes ethical and sustainable products. As a result, I spend many evenings and Saturdays doing administrative work for the store. My husband, Kevin, and I love to attend concerts and the theater together and play with our 14-month-old Bernedoodle, Eliza (named after female characters in two different musicals). The photo is a family photoshoot outtake because sometimes life (and work with students) is messy and not at all how we planned.

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